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Summer 2003 ozone pollution hits high; levels could recur for several more years

Harmful ozone pollution was the worst for almost a decade in large parts of Europe this summer, particularly during the long August heatwave, according to a preliminary assessment by the European Environment Agency.

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Summer 2002 smog levels exceed critical threshold three days in four

Levels of potentially harmful ground-level ozone exceeded a critical threshold somewhere in Europe on more than three days out of four this summer, according to preliminary information compiled by the European Environment Agency

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Summer smog levels exceed critical threshold on two days in three

This report provides a first evaluation of ground-level ozone pollution in Europe during spring and summer 2001. Based on data submitted to the European Commission under the EU Directive on air pollution by ozone, it details observed exceedances of the Directive's thresholds for information and warning of the population in 25 European countries

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EU greenhouse gas emissions down 4%, more cuts needed - EEA

The 15 European Union countries recorded a 4.0% reduction between 1990 and 1999 in their combined emissions of the six "greenhouse" gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol on climate change

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